The latest on Roberto Luongo, Wade Redden and Scott Gomez.
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre reports the latest moves by the Toronto Maple Leafs (trading center Matt Lombardi and waiving center Tim Connolly) indicates they’re not about to part with centers Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri as part of the oft-rumored return for Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports Canucks GM Mike Gillis said injuries to Ryan Kesler and David Booth won’t force him to rush into shopping Roberto Luongo. “We’ve talked about multiple scenarios and multiple teams. And because every team is coming at it from a different place, it isn’t exactly what we’re looking for. We feel confident we’re going to get what we’re looking for”, said Gillis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like Gillis is prepared to go into this season carrying Luongo on the roster. Evidently there’s more than just one team he can deal with besides Toronto, especially for the kind of deal to bolster his roster elsewhere, even if it means having to wait to get a deal done.
It’s also apparent now that Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis, despite his previous connection to Luongo, isn’t about to ship out young players for a quick fix to his goaltending, and is prepared to start the season with youngsters James Reimer and Ben Scrivens. Perhaps Nonis might reconsider later in the season if that duo stumbles, but it doesn’t appear at this point Luongo will be joining the Leafs.
THE SPORTING NEWS: Sean Gentille reports the NY Rangers have bought out Wade Redden and the Montreal Canadiens have done the same with Scott Gomez, making both unrestricted free agents. Gentille cites TSN’s Bob McKenzie noting “the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers” are rumored to have interest in Redden, while “Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes are considering Gomez”.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers are also thought to be giving Redden some consideration.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings have decided to pass on Redden, but could have some interest in Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have no interest in bringing back Redden.
CSNBAYAREA: The Sharks also have no interest in Redden.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Neither do the Jets.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples is skeptical over a report claiming the Oilers might have interest in Redden, especially after they recently acquired blueliner Mark Fistric from the Dallas Stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like there’s more interest in Redden around the league than Gomez. It’ll be interesting to see which one gets signed first, if at all, though consensus around the league suggests both shouldn’t be UFAs for very long.